Newcomers - Build your Thriving Career in Canada

5 Days


Cohort-based Course

Master strategies to network with confidence and get the opportunities you deserve.

Course overview

Develop the skills you need to network in Canada and advance your career

By the end of this course, you will have frameworks to connect with people in your industry and build lasting relationships to get more opportunities. You will also understand the Canadian work culture so you can advocate for yourself in your workplace and advance your career.

Who this course is for


You are a newcomer to Canada who struggles to connect with people who can share opportunities and help you advance your career.


Your employer doesn't see your full value and you are missing opportunities for advancement and raises.


This is not for resume-building or job-hunting. This course will strengthen your networking skills, which can help you advance in Canada.

What you’ll get out of this course

Discover the Canadian networking mindset

Examine the work culture so you can avoid common networking mistakes

Master first meetings

Implement a conversation framework to gather the information you need, get referrals, and make a great impression

Present your STAR story

Create your STAR story to show your value to your supervisors and get the opportunities you deserve

Join our networking community

Connect with peers in your cohort and build your network in a community that continues after the course

What people are saying

        I had a big gap to bridge—bringing Japanese manufacturers and North American suppliers together. Thanks to John, I have discovered more effective ways to communicate. The other day, I facilitated a successful meeting between a Japanese manufacturer and an American supplier. John’s skill is helping me to move my business forward faster!
Tomoko Sato

Tomoko Sato

President, KST North America
        John has run workshops for the newcomers and international students that connect with us. His workshops have been very helpful in explaining cultural expectations in Canadian workplaces. For anyone who feels lost and stuck in their career in Canada, I highly recommend working with John and Hiyaku Coaching.
Dinesh Sharma

Dinesh Sharma

Founder & CEO, Brilliant Minds Group

Meet your instructor

John Edward McGraw

John Edward McGraw

Founder of Hiyaku Coaching

John Edward McGraw helps newcomers and expats feel confident in Canada in less time and pain. He is the founder of Hiyaku Coaching, which is Japanese for “leap” or “rapid progress.” John's passion for culture came from living and working in Japan for several years. He became a certified intercultural trainer to help newcomers adapt to Canadian work culture. 

John has worked with organizations such as BMG-Brilliant Minds Group and BHive, Brampton’s start-up incubator. He is also the host of the Intercultural Insiders livestream show and audio podcast, encouraging immigrants and other international guests to share their cross-cultural experiences.

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Course schedule

5-7 hours per week
  • One week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

    6:30-8:00 pm EST

    5-7 hour time commitment includes 1-2 hours of individual work outside of the live sessions.

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

Frequently Asked Questions

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